Two papers - General Studies paper 1 and General Studies paper 2 (informally called CSAT). Both will be of 200 marks.
However, marks of only GS paper 1 will be taken into account to generate the list of candidates qualified for Mains.
In GS paper 2 (CSAT), a candidate need to score at least 33% marks. These marks will not be calculated in deciding the list of qualified candidate.
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2016 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1983 and not later than 1st August, 1994. The upper age limit is relaxable to teh SC, ST, OBC and BC.
Another chance for those who took CSE 2011: Any candidate who appeared in the Civil Services Examination, 2011 but is otherwise ineligible for Civil Services Examination, 2016 due to attainment of upper age limit on the crucial date for examination prescribed under this rule, shall be permitted an additional attempt in the Civil Services Examination, 2016.
Candidates must be a graduate in any discipline from recognised university.